Afternoon Tea: An alternative wedding breakfast

If you’re planning a wedding, you’ll know there’s a lot to think about. The dress, the venue, the guestlist… And, of course, you’ll want your wedding to be different from others you’ve been to. You want it to be an event which reflects your personality and your relationship.

Harriets is well known throughout East Anglia for the quality of our food and standard of service in our three tearooms. But did you know, we also provide tailor-made packages for weddings and other special events?


Bespoke catering packages for weddings in East Anglia

Are you looking for something a bit different for your special occasion? Weddings frequently follow a set order. The ceremony, followed by drinks, photos, the wedding breakfast, speeches and evening entertainment.

If you’re looking for something different to the conventional wedding breakfast, why not mix things up a bit on your special day by treating your guests to afternoon tea?

Afterall the meal is usually held around four o’clock – prime time for sandwiches and cake!

If you think about it, afternoon tea at a wedding makes more sense than a ‘breakfast’. Indeed, the term ‘wedding breakfast’ is a curious one. Although this explanation is often debated, the name is usually attributed to the pre-reformation Catholic tradition of the bride and groom fasting before the wedding. Following the wedding service and communion, the couple and their guests would eat a meal, literally breaking their fast.

What we do know, is that afternoon tea was created by Anna Russell, the Duchess of Bedford, and was named because it involved the consumption of tea, cake and sandwiches in the afternoon. A custom that’s still as enjoyable as it was in the 1800s. And one which lends itself nicely to celebrating your nuptial vows with friends and family.

An alternative to a standard wedding breakfast, scrumptious afternoon tea can be refreshing, tasty and fun! And with sandwiches, scones, and patisserie treats you’ll be sure that your guests will be filled up too.

With helpful staff on hand to cater and the tasty food, we’ll create a package that’s perfect for you. Speak to our team, and let us help plan, supply and deliver an experience that will make your special event even more special.

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Wedding Testimonial

We recently had a great time providing catering for Alice and Christopher’s wedding. Here’s what they had to say…

“I wanted to say a massive thank you to yourself and the entire team for all your hard work at our wedding. The service was absolutely brilliant and both ourselves and all of our guests were delighted with the Afternoon Tea!

We had so many compliments on the efficiency of your service and how nice it was to have a traditional afternoon tea instead of the standard 3-course meal. All the staff were incredibly friendly and attentive.

We had a fantastic time and are extremely grateful to yourself, your team and the chefs for being so wonderful on the day.”


Office buffets and professional catering in Cambridge, Norwich and Bury St Edmunds

As well as weddings, our buffets team also provide formal business lunches or catering for any special event. Alternatively, you can hire our city centre restaurants for large groups or events. To find out more, call the tearoom or email [email protected].

Don’t forget: If you refer your office to us, and they book an office buffet, we’ll give you two afternoon tea vouchers to say thank you!

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